Thankfully we did not see the worst of the weather in eastern England over the weekend, but the threatening forecast meant quite a few of our match men and pleasure anglers decided to give fishing a miss.
Those that did venture out onto the fenland waterways still found it tough going although I have had reports of several good catches.
There are a few team events running which have been very popular for many years. But for individuals very little seemed to have changed, that is until the County Championship event got underway a couple of seasons ago. It has come a long way in a short time and now thousands of anglers across the country take part.
Basically you get points for each match you fish, providing you come in the top eight. The more anglers that fish your match the more points you can gain. At the end of the event the top 20 from each county fish a match to decide a top six to represent their county, in our case Cambridgeshire.
On Sunday the fish-off took place on Townsend Lakes at Upwell. Despite the blustery conditions it turned out to be a cracking match with venue expert Andy Adams leading the way home, from peg 4, putting an excellent 120lb to the scales, runner-up on peg 39 was match organiser Rob Lincoln from Benwick, he weighed in 100-0-0.
The top six now form the team to represent Cambridgeshire in the final a little later in the year.
Result: 1 A Adams, Frenzee, 120lb; 2 R Lincoln, Maver Bait Tech, 100lb; 3 S Hillman, Townsend, 94lb 4oz; 4 T Dawson, VDE, 84lb 11oz; 5 R Young, Browning Hotrods, 83lb 6oz; 6 T Cole, Ouse Valley, 83lb 4oz.
Ramsey Angling Club fished a match on the Old Nene at Benwick, mid-week bank clearing allowed the anglers to get down to a comfortable peg and in fact return some very respectable weights.
Top rod with a net of tench, roach, rudd and a few decent eels was Ivan Steels, he drew on one the better pegs close to the bridge at Halfpenny Toll and finished with 18lb 7oz.
At the other end of the match length Andrew Kilby came in second with a mix of tench and eels taken on chopped worm and caster to weigh in 17lb. Third place went to Keith Rayment he took a net of small roach and rudd to finish with 9lb 10oz.
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In the Tuesday evening match held at Blackdyke Dick Paul took the top spot with a net of skimmers and roach taken on the pole with pinkie weighing in 5lb 8oz. March rod Bob Fitzjohn came in second on 4lb 8oz followed by Dave Parlett with 4lb 4oz.
In Thursday’s club match on the same venue Andy Greenwood took the honours, with a net of perch and skimmers for 4lb 8oz. Andrew Goodger came second on 3lb 13oz followed by Dick Paul on 3lb 6oz.
There were some very respectable weights recorded in Sunday’s club match, Top rod with a 300 fish net of small roach, skimmers and rudd was Phil Parnell, he put a level 13lb to the scales. Runner-up with 10lb 1oz was Dave Parlett, followed by Bob Fitzjohn with 9lb 9oz.
This Thursday will be the last of the evening events, draw will be at 4pm at Blackdyke. The club have a Saturday Open match on the North Level drain, draw for this one is at the main road bridge at 9am.
On Sunday it is the last summer league match, draw at 11am, fish 12-5, but on Wednesday it’s the first Wednesday open, draw at Blackdyke at 9am, fish 10-3.
The Fenland Rods members fished the Cedar Lake at the Decoy complex which saw Darren Ogden take the honours with 88lb 8oz 8dr from peg 23. Runner-up on peg 17 was James Garner he finished with 87lb 14oz 8dr followed by Mel Lutkin with 79lb 12oz 8dr from peg 4.